3 Stages of Pride

Pride, stages of pride, James 4:10
There are different types of pride: 
  • Pride of youth—in our 20’s and 30’s when we think we can do anything. Self-esteem proponents encourage this, but it’s destructive unless it’s based on diligence and skill. Just because we think we can do something doesn’t mean we can. (Romans 12:3)
  • Pride of middle age—when we self-righteously take credit for our successes. But God doesn't praise us for success. He praises us for faithfulness. (Matthew 6:33).
  • Pride of age—lack of growth and inconsiderate habits that come from bitterness over difficulties or arrogance over achievements. But God wants us to keep bearing fruit in old age. (Psalm 92:14) 
We're prone toward pride at every stage, but God gives a solution:
    Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. 
    James 4:10 

    Pride vanishes when we realize our weakness and His strength.
     
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    4 comments:

    1. This is such an excellent comparison of the different types of pride. We always need to be on our guard against prides; so thank you for the reminder to guard my heart.

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    2. Gail...simply put but so full of truth. Thank you for the encouragement today. Blessings.

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    3. Hi Gail - I agree with the reader above, so simply put but so true. Humble yourself before the Lord. Great post
      God bless
      Tracy

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    4. What a great description of how pride changes as it "matures". It's easy to think pride has left because our actions change, when in reality it only changed clothes. Thanks for identifying specific behaviors I can guard against.

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